Yes, I am aware that this thread likely belongs in the detailing forum, but I see a bit more activity here is the 3er group, so pardon my mis-posting:
I am going to put in my Zaino order today and want to get a little feedback before doing so.
First off: Has anyone used Zaino's Z-9/Z-10 leather products? I searched and turned up nothing on these so I'm wondering if anyone has first-hand experience.
Second: I spent quite some time bouncing around the detailing forum looking for the ideal combo of Zaino/detailing products and came up with the following:
-Dawn dishwashing detergent to remove any wax or other finish applied by BMW.
-Claymagic claybar from Autozone, Z7 as lube
-Z7 for post clay cleaning and regular washings
-Z5 with ZFX (ZFX subbing out the Z1, and Z5 instead of Z2, to reduce the inevitable swirls/microscratches and make the process as simple as possible)
-Z6 Gloss enhancer spray
-Raggtop cleaner and protectant for the top
-Rain-X for windshield and windows
The only other thing I'm using is 303 protectant on other non-leather interior surfaces. I have not decided on a tire treatment yet. (Open to suggestions.)
Note that I am not looking to spend 10 hours a week detailing the car, nor do I wish to spend $200 every 6 months on supplies. I like to keep my vehicles looking clean, but not at the expense of everything else. I also have a unique situation in that where I live, we have extreme water-use restrictions due to the drought. My city has made it illegal to wash your car on your property, so technically the only way to clean is at a car wash. I tend to use do it yourself car-washes in the winter only, when it is too cold to use my outdoor hose. I still have to work this problem out, likely by visiting nearby relatives and washing the car at thier house. (Last night I illegally washed the car in the dark in my driveway because I couldn't stand all the rain spray on my week old 330). :angel:
Anyway, your input is appreciated. My 330cic is only a week old with 400 miles on it, but the dealership managed to put a fair share of microscratches in it during their detailing process.
Probably from the drying.
Thanks in advance...